The biggest outstanding question about the Wildfire has now been answered by at least one carrier -- T-Mobile will be delivering HTC's student-friendly handset at the £20 ($29) per month price point on two-year contracts. Frankly, that's a bigger financial commitment than we'd expected to have to make, but it will presumably include unlimited (which in T-Mobile lingo means a 3GB fair use policy) data use and a healthy allowance of calls and texts. If that doesn't rub you up the right way, look out for Virgin Mobile to reveal its pricing in the near term, having announced it'll be carrying the phone via a tweet.
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Talk on the Wild Side
T-Mobile to offer HTC Wildfire
London, 18th May, 2010 – T-Mobile today announced that the recently launched HTC Wildfire will join its Android portfolio in UK stores and online from 14th June. The new handset, a slimmed-down version of the popular HTC Desire smartphone, will be available from £20 a month.
The HTC Wildfire is the first handset in the T-Mobile portfolio to feature the App Sharing program which allows customers to share their favourite Android apps with friends. The feature lets users send links of the apps they love for their friends with Android-powered smartphones to download. With thousands of apps in the Android Marketplace, this makes it easy to share and collect the best apps out there, using email, text or Twitter.
The HTC Wildfire, designed with social networkers in mind, comes with 'Friend Stream', an app designed to help customers stay connected with friends and family. Friend Stream brings together your friends' latest Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates on one screen, so busy socialites can quickly get a snapshot of what their friends are up to. Plus the handset boasts an easy-to-use optical mouse, and comes completed with a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, MP3 player and radio.
Nicola Shenton, Head of Handset and Device Marketing at T-Mobile UK said: "The HTC Wildfire is a great addition to our Android portfolio, offering customers an affordable way to get their hands on an Android-based smartphone. The HTC Wildfire is perfect for those who love social networking, and with App Sharing its even easier for customers to share their favourite apps with their friends, so they can have even more fun with Android marketplace."
HTC Wildfire Vital Statistics
- App Sharing application for sharing Android apps with friends
- Friend Stream, to bring social networking updates together in one screen
- 5 Mega pixel camera
- 3.2 inch touchscreen
- Preloaded with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr applications
- MS Active Sync for easy synching with work and personal email
- HSDPA for high-speed web-browsing on T-Mobile's super-fast internet on your phone
- MP3 player and radio
- Optical mouse navigation
- Android operating software 2.1
- Weight: 118g